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  Australia in flames
1/13 The fires tear through the countryside
2/13 A fireman tries desperately to contain to the fire by wetting the ground ahead of it
3/13 Smoke drifts over Sydney is a frightening cloud
4/13 Smoke from the fires rises high above the city of Sydney and its Harbour bridge
5/13 The sun tries to shine through the haze as the smoke drifts over Sydney and its Opera House
6/13 A helicopter flies over the flames after dropping water from above
The fire spreads closer to houses in the outskirts of Sydney
7/13 The fire spreads closer to houses in the outskirts of Sydney.
8/13 The Sydney skyline with smoke in the background.
9/13 A helicopter dumping water on the flames to try and stop them spreading.
10/13 A firefighter battling with the flames.
11/13 A woman searching for her belongings after the fire has destroyed her house.
12/13 A firefighter resting after a night at work fighting the flames.
13/13 A man hosing down his roof to make it less likely to catch fire as the flames approach his house.

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